Signed L/R “Athena Lacios” signed again on stretcher, verso
This dramatic presentation of Mont Saint-Victoire was painted c. 1960 by this New York artist. She obviously greatly admired and was influenced by Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) who painted this particular scene more than any other landscape. One of his paintings (1877) actually includes encircling pines. Whether Lacios painted this as a Pleine Aire exercise in Aix-en Provence or from a photograph, we can only speculate. Cezanne advocating using nature as a model because it incited an analysis of pure sensation rather than an analysis of artistic conventions which might be used to depict an object in the studio. Immersing oneself in nature, and interpreting the sensations, emotional as well as physical, were of paramount importance to the post-Impressionist master who inspired this mid-2oth century painter.